Woodward named Stone County Fair Queen for 2020

Seven contestants vied for the royal title on Sept. 17, but only one lucky young woman was crowned Stone County Fair Queen.

Senior Maddie Woodard was crowned Stone County’s Fair Queen for 2020.

“It feels good. I’m not going to lie,” Woodard said after receiving her sash and bouquet of red roses.

After being encouraged by others, Woodard entered the contest on a whim.

Potential queens are judged heavily on fair participation, so Woodard boasted a polished resume.

Woodard participates in the Stone County Fair in almost every way she can. Beforehand, she volunteered to help prepare for this year’s fair.

For the past four years, she has shown her two horses, Bella and Phoebe, in every division. This year, she is taking part in the photography contest and showing her pet rabbit, Oreo. She is also showing a cow in the livestock division for the first year.

Woodard is homeschooled. After graduation, she plans to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and transfer to Mississippi State University, where she will study veterinary medicine.

As Fair Queen, Woodard will hand out ribbons and help in any official capacity needed this week as the fair continues.

Outgoing Fair Queen Elisabeth Reaux handed out roses and helped the contestants practice as part of her duties.

Reaux continues to show in the horse show and take part in other fair contests this year.

Laural Hunt, who placed behind Woodard, said she will give the contest one more shot next year.

“It’s challenging, but it’s fun,” Hunt said. “It makes you better yourself.”

Stella Jenkins took first alternate, and Briley Hines placed second alternate for the junior division

Twelve-year-old Katharine Spacht’s well with happy tears as she took the title of the Junior Fair Queen.

This year was Spacht’s second try for the title. She did not know how she would place, but gave it her best.

“It’s really, really good—it’s a good feeling,” Spacht said.

Spacht said the Stone County Fair is one of her favorite events to attend.

Spacht spent a year preparing for this week. She entered over 100 exhibits to be judged, including many art projects in various mediums.

Spacht’s friends compliment her each year when they see her name on so many projects in the exhibit hall.

Spacht said she hopes to be crowned Fair Queen in the senior division one day.

“My senior year, I’m going to try out,” Spacht said. “(Being Fair Queen) is not about winning. It’s about the joy of community.”